“Therefore keep the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.” (
There are fundamental moral laws. Keeping them brings blessing and transgressing them brings cursing. It is a matter of life and death.
A man might say, “I don’t agree with the law of gravity.” He then climbs atop a skyscraper and says, “I am free to choose. I reject this law that cramps my style.” When he steps out into the air, he has made a choice; he is not free, however, concerning the consequences of his choice. The decision will not be a good one. That illustration of the physical laws that govern the universe is likewise a reality in the spiritual dimension of moral law.
God made a covenant with
. He promised them blessing as a nation, if
they would obey His laws. Furthermore,
He gave them warning that disobedience would bring disaster. God had demonstrated His grace. How faithful He had been in bringing them
into liberty—their deliverance from the bondage of Israel ! The Lord had provided for them in the desert
and preserved them from their enemies.
His sovereign choice was to prosperity them as a people. The implications of their response would have
far-ranging implications. God was establishing
them in the land, but with the sobering caution that to turn from Him was to
choose discipline. His love would not
let them go. They were His people. Yet, that would not mean they could presume
upon His grace. Choices have
consequences, so they must choose wisely.
has often chosen folly, has suffered greatly, is currently in peril, and the
worst is still to come. All this is not
to obliterate them, but to overcome their sinfulness until they make another
willful choice—repentance. Israel
This should speak to the covenant people called Christians today. God chastens those whom He loves. We are recipients of amazing grace and mercy—and God will not revoke those. Even when we fail Him, He will be faithful. His faithfulness also includes the fire of refining—to purge the dross from our lives.
There is a national application as well.
was given a land and
liberty—free to choose as a people to be governed by God. If they chose to give themselves to gods of
their own fashioning—rejecting the Lord’s moral laws for the degraded passions
of paganism, then God would make a choice too—and the consequences would be
severe. Israel seems oblivious to God’s
goodness in the past. Today we are
codifying wickedness. Perversion is
paraded and filth is flaunted. We are
biting the hand that feeds us. As the
folly of such choices becomes evident in multiplying disaster, perhaps we too
will fall on our knees and cry out to God.
He has been, is, and forever will be the Hope of a nation. America